Fennel grows very well in my garden here in Ireland.
In fact all the plants from the herb family grow well here.
I’ve been harvesting seeds from the Fennel plants this morning.
The seeds taste lovely, sweet and liquorice like.
They make great chewy sweets that help to assuage the appetite, so can help in weight loss too!
I suppose the taste could be likened tio a distinctive anise-like flavour and scent.
Medicinally this seed acts as an aid to digestion, stomach pains and flatulence…it’s traditionally good for babies with colic if a tea is made from it.
No using washing powders.
No using fabric conditioners.
No using bleach or ANY chemicals here at Bealtaine Cottage.
My washing machine broke down about two years ago and I have hand-washed clothes ever since.
It really is extraordinarily simple and easy to make a routine that encompasses washing a few items of clothes each day.
If I want white fabrics to whiten up, I leave them to bleach in the sun…and a shower of rain on them is even better!
Of course the very best and quickest way to bleach fabrics naturally is to leave them out on a frosty day…brilliant whites!
Think about it…the Victorians wore a lot of white cotton and calico, with only bars of soap to clean their clothes!